• Only one week until the official release of The Mermaid’s Madness [Amazon | Mysterious Galaxy]! Eep. (And if you’ve been thinking about posting a review of Stepsister Scheme, might I humbly suggest that this would be a perfect time?)
• Congrats to Harry Connolly (burger_eater) on the release of his debut novel Child of Fire [Amazon | Mysterious Galaxy], which comes out today. Read the first chapter on his web site here, or check out Sherwood Smith’s interview with Connolly.
• Thank you to everyone who offered suggestions yesterday about bleeping out certain parts of my reading. At this point, I’m thinking either the cardboard speech bubble or a squeaky rubber duck, depending in part on whether or not I can find a suitable duck.
Steve Buchheit took one look at the picture below and offered up the following:
“What, no new goblin book this year? You have failed me for the last time, Hines.”
“You are part of the Princess Alliance and a goblin sympathizer. Take him away!”
This has inspired me to run a caption contest. Keeping it PG-13 or better, post a caption in the comments below no later than Friday, October 2. On Saturday, I’ll pick my favorites and put them up for a vote. The winner will receive a signed copy of one of my books — your pick.